Research

The Larry Hackman Research Residency Program

The Larry J. Hackman Research Residency Program supports applicants from a variety of backgrounds with awards for advanced research in New York State history, government, or public policy. Previous residents have included academic and public historians, graduate students, independent researchers and writers, and primary and secondary school teachers. The project must draw on the holdings of the New York State Archives. Projects may involve alternative uses of the Archives, such as research for multimedia projects, exhibits, documentary films, and historical novels.

Endowment earnings and private contributions to the Archives Partnership Trust provide the financial basis for the Hackman Research Program. Contributors have included The Susan and Elihu Rose Foundation, Inc., Henry Luce Foundation, Inc., The Gladys Krieble Delmas Foundation and The Lucius N. Littaur Foundation. Contributions and endowment earnings enable the Trust to maintain prior years' award levels, as well as to continue with invitational fellowships to complete priority projects.

Student Research Awards

The Student Research Awards program promotes and recognizes excellence in student research. The purpose of the program is to encourage students to explore the wealth of historical records held in historical records repositories* in New York State, and to increase cooperation between schools and organizations that administer historical records useful for education.

The Student Research Awards program is a statewide competition open to all New York State students in grades 4-12. A total of three awards will be given; one each for students in the following divisions:

  • Grades 4-5
  • Grades 6-8
  • Grades 9-12

Students, can work individually or in groups to develop projects such as research papers, papers reconstructing the past, exhibits, documentaries, performances, PowerPoint/Prezi entries, websites, or proposals for the designation of a historical marker, property or district. Projects are not required to focus on New York State history; however it can be more convenient and engaging to conduct research using historical records that are found locally in libraries, historical societies, local governments, businesses, community organizations, and with individuals and families.

These awards are supported by the Laura and Robert Chodos endowment, private contributions and special grants raised by the New York State Archives Partnership Trust.